Yes, I’m talking about Paul, not me!

Although, incredibly similar in lots of ways, our ‘perfectionism’ base level is a little different.

I am a true Project Manager. I’m able to see the bigger picture, plan everything in and do several things simultaneously. In fact, with better motor skills, I could have been a circus performer spinning plates and juggling balls!

Much to Paul’s frustration, I will say ‘it’ll do’ at least once a day, sometimes once an hour...

Paul, on the other hand, likes to immerse himself in a task and see it through from start to finish. He is meticulous (and I mean meticulous) about every single detail.

Sometimes I wonder how on earth we manage to get on so well, but in truth these differing strengths are key to our success in working together so well.

Paul has spent some time this week going ‘back to basics’ with his wood carving, doing little chip carved patterns...

Chip Carving practice exercise gorlech

Like a musician who practices his scales or a painter who does a 30-minute warm-up exercise before approaching the main canvas, it is these little exercises (unpressured by the need to complete a project) that help you get to be the best that you can be. Whatever skill you’re trying to learn, focusing on the repetition of a single element is sure to help you get a little better.

So, I’d encourage you today to try to immerse yourself in the detail of something for at least 30 minutes. Try to get that little thing to be the best that it can be. Flex your ‘perfectionism muscle’ and little-by-little move towards creating something truly wonderful that you are proud of...

Chip Carving practice gorlech